As we age, our immune system response tends to diminish. The leading causes of death across the globe for people over the age of 65 are respiratory infection, influenza, and pneumonia. It is common to eat less as we age, thus we receive less and less of the vitamins and minerals necessary for our body to function optimally. This can lead to malnutrition which weakens the immune system. There is also a strong relationship between the mind and body and it is believed that stress can play a huge role in affecting our physical bodies negatively. While it can be tough to avoid stress altogether, finding healthy ways to cope with it is a great way to stay healthy!
A Healthy Immune Diet
A healthy diet full of important vitamins and minerals like Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and Zinc and Selenium will support strong immune function. You can find high amounts of these vitamins and minerals in lemons, almonds, garlic, mushrooms and sweet potatoes.
Supplements for Immune Health
Supplementation can be extremely helpful in times of flu, cold and other virus outbreaks to make sure you are maintaining healthy nutrition levels. When looking at the ingredient label of any immune supplement ensure there are essential vitamins and minerals such as Selenium and Zinc.
Silver can also be a great supplement to build and maintain healthy immune function. It will attach to the bacteria cell membranes, supporting the immune system. In addition to a healthy nutrition plan, a regular exercise routine, washing your hands regularly and vaccination can help build and maintain a strong immune system.
With the recent concerns around immune health, we’ve experienced a surge in zinc supplement orders. In fact, we’ve sold more zinc supplements in the last two weeks than we did all last year. On the heels of the surge in orders for zinc are sales of silver supplements and sales of our whole Immune Builder/Booster/Recovery.
Given fears from the global pandemic, we’re not surprised by this spike in desire for immune system support supplements. The studies on zinc’s benefits are especially plentiful. This NPR story does a nice job of reviewing the research. While the cold is distinct from COVID-19, it’s relevant to remember that the common cold is itself also a coronavirus.
We’re finding many people, especially people new to the
nutraceutical world, stop at zinc. They’ve heard or read zinc’s good press and
figure that’s all they need to stay healthy. We too are excited about the
benefits of zinc, but if you know our company at all, you know of our
appreciation for fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is a great supplement to take with
zinc because of its ability to aid in the body’s absorption and use of vitamins
and minerals. As a plus, fulvic acid also removes toxins and acts as an antioxidant.
Want to learn more about this underutilized nutrient? This article
on WebMD does a great job of discussing the various properties and uses for
The outlook with the current pandemic is scary, even at
times terrifying. Rather than be terrified, we choose to focus on what we can
do to protect our loved ones. We are grateful the earth provides powerful
minerals that can support our good health.